Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giveaway on By Your Side Blog

This week Michelle of By Your Side is gracious enough to host a Giveaway for me on her Blog! I am so excited to do this!
I am giving away this gorgeous set of Christmas Cards. It is a set of 13 and they come with envelopes as well! Come check it out on her blog. It is very simple to enter!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Giveaway Winner!!

Congratulations Kelly Anderson! You won the uber cool Itty Bitty Travel Bag made by Michele from By Your Side!

Thanks to all who entered. I think it is my turn for a Giveaway next:) What should I giveaway? Do you prefer:

1. A set of Cards (holiday or everyday)?

2. A set of tags (holiday or everyday)?

3. A huge set of Matchbook paper pads?

Make a COMMENT below and tell me what you would like me to giveaway. I promise you won't be disappointed with this one. I will throw in something extra too:)

Monday, October 12, 2009


Life has been a little crazy lately, but here is my next AWESOME giveaway! This is from my fellow Etsian and Oregonian Michele from By Your Side. She has an adorable shop on Etsy. You have to go check out all the fun things she has in her shop! She has been generous enough to give away one of her "Itty Bitty Brittany travel bags. They are soooo cute. Check out the pictures above.

Here is some information about Michele to get to know here better and how she began her journey to Etsy:

Hello! My name is Michele, I am the owner/designer and slave to the needle (both sewing and knitting), behind By Your Side. I live in “The City of Roses,” Portland, Oregon with my husband and two lovely daughters.

By Your Side was born, four years ago, when I couldn’t find that “perfect” purse. I thought to myself, “Michele, you know what you want, just make it!“ Through trial and error (a lot of error), I began designing purses to fit my needs. Then a funny thing happened, after carrying my own creations around town and answering many questions about them, it finally dawned on me that not everyone else sews or knits and they wanted to buy my purses! Thus, the birth of By Your Side!

I must confess, I am a “fabriholic,” and my yarn habit is just as bad! All of my creations are handcrafted from high quality fabric and yarns, with attention to detail and functionality. By Your Side’s purses and handbags are interfaced with Pellon for body and strength, and stress points are double or even triple stitched!

I have sold my purses for the last two years at The Gresham Farmer’s Market and at several local bazaars during the holiday season.

So...would you like one of these "Itty Bitty Brittany" travel bags? Well you can win one! Here's how you can enter the giveaway: (please leave one comment for each entry)

1. Visit Michele's shop By Your Side on Etsy and come back here and tell me what your favorite item is in her shop.

2. Follow Michele's Blog.

3. Become a follower of my blog (if you already are, state that in your comment).

4. Grab my button for your blog.

* if you don't have your email in your blog profile, please include it in one of your comments.

Good luck everybody! The winner will be picked through on Monday October 19, 2009.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October!! Trick or Treat Block Tutorial How-To

Since today is October 1st, I got a little excited and made these cute Trick or Treat blocks. They were super easy! My friend Kara from Kara's Krafts cut the vinyl for me. She has her own website. Her prices are very reasonable!

First I found some 2 x 4 wood at my Dad's house, and cut it to the size of my vinyl.

Next, I painted each block with 2 coats of acrylic paint (I used Americana, you can get it at JoAnn's or Micheals).

I sanded the edges of each piece of wood for an antique look.

Then I added the vinyl! Sooooo EASY!

You have to try this. I have done several of these lately and I can't believe how easy it is!

Let me know what you think! I love comments.....
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